Hi there. Im Matt, and Im a lifestyle family & portrait photographer based in Dallas, TX.
Born and raised in a relatively small town in Ohio, I grew up with 3 obsessions from my childhood: sports, drawing and Michael Jackson. While I was blessed to excel at the first two, the MJ thing to my parents relief, Im sure - eventually faded as I came to grips that while I could mimic the Hee-Hee-Hees pretty well, the moonwalk and the dancing part was never going to happen for me.
Now being able to see 40 only a couple years away, the personal glory moments in sports are becoming fewer and further between, but at a minimum I will always bleed scarlet and gray, and Ill be cheering on the Buckeyes for as long as Im taking up air on this earth.
The art? I have my grandma to thank for that. She had a gift with pencils, and she was gracious enough to pass her creative skills on to me at an early age. Im forever thankful for that as its shaped and enriched my life in ways I couldve never known at the time. In 2004, I traded in my colored pencils for my first digital camera, and I was semi-instantly hooked. I say semi because I loved the immediate feedback where I could see real time what I had captured; the downside was almost everything I captured was terrible. I had no idea what I was doing. Clearly. Fortunately, like anything you develop an addiction to, you get better at it, and I was addicted to photography pretty quickly. It was an entirely new way to see the world around me, and it would soon become more than just a creative outlet.
While I rarely take myself too seriously, my approach to photography is quite the opposite. I guess Im selectively OCD that way (my wonderful wife Kylie can confirm this). My philosophy about photography is a simple one Live. Capture. Remember. My passion lies in capturing lifes fleeting series of milestones, moments and memories in a way that is natural and authentic, so if you prefer images where people are perfectly dressed and perfectly posed within a perfect backdrop, we might turn out to be great friends, but Im probably not the photographer for you. Life doesnt happen in perfect ways, and its my pursuit to photograph people and places in a way that tells a story about their real personality.
For more information about my photography services, you can email me through the contact page or you can call me at 214-621-4264. If things work out, maybe Ill show you some Michael Jackson drawings from when I was 13.